Wales coach Warren Gatland says he was proud of the second half fightback that saw his team nearly snatch a dramatic victory from Englansd in the RBS Six Nations opener at Twickenham
"With six minutes to go, I thought we were going to win the match," he admitted. "We could have easily thrown in the towel and said, 'This isn't going to be our day. I am frustrated but proud of the way we came back."
Gatland could only watch as his side conceded tries either side of half time to trail 20-3, but an inspired second-half showing, with converted tries from Adam Jones and James Hook, meant his team had narrowed the gap to just points.
Alun-Wyn Jones' sin binning late in the first period meant 14-man Wales defending an English onslaught. And the dam was breached by Man of the Match James Haskell who bundled his way over for thte first of his two scores.
Gatland said: "Just before half-time was incredibly costly for us but when we got quick ball we looked incredibly dangerous. And Gatland explained just how his team clawed their way back into the game, he explained: "The key to the second half is that we got some quality ball and that put us on the front foot," he said.
"Unfortunately we have thrown an interception and given away another three points late on," Those late points meant England completed the match with a 30-17 victory.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.